Co Enzyme Q10 – also known as CoQ10 – is a vitamin-like substance essential for life.
While we normally make all of the CoQ10 we need, some people because of age, health problems or medications can benefit from taking extra good quality CoQ10.
CoQ10 is essential to make the energy our bodies need. The final stage of making
energy needs CoQ10 to shuttle the hydrogen needed to generate energy. If your levels of CoQ10 are low this can be felt as low energy, weak muscles and general fatigue.
CoQ10 is also an exceptional antioxidant protecting cells and fats from free radicals.
The most important antioxidant function is to prevent the oxidation of cholesterol as it circulates in the body. This is a critical part in our natural defences against blockages in heart arteries and other blood vessels.
Possibly the most common reason for CoQ10 supplementation is for those using cholesterol-lowering statin medication. The side effects of statins are so common they are a diagnosable disease called statin myopathy. The most common side effects are muscle stiffness, pain and weakness. This can also cause general fatigue, which often feels like a lack of motivation.
Statins effectively inhibit the enzyme needed to make cholesterol. Unfortunately, this enzyme – called HMG-CoA reductase – is also needed to make CoQ10. Blocking this enzyme reduces cholesterol but also CoQ10 by as much as 50 per cent.
Drug companies are well aware of this problem and hold patents for combining CoQ10 with statins. Until such drugs are available I recommend those on statins supplement with 100mg-200mg of naturally fermented CoQ10 such as the patented US product CoQsol. Be aware that the market is now flooded with low cost semi-synthetic CoQ10 made from tobacco waste. For more information give me a call or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. You can read back issues at: www.abundant.co.nz
John Arts is a qualified nutritional medicine practitioner and founder of Abundant Health.
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